Wings of Peace, Courage and Love.

Wings of Peace Courage and Love 1

In my last post I said how difficult I found making ‘Sympathy’ cards, I think because it’s so difficult to accurately gauge the deep, all-encompassing pain which descends upon someone when they suffer the loss of a loved one.  So it came as quite a surprise to find myself making yet another ‘sympathy’ card, – this one very much different from the last one.

I had my Ranger Melting Pot (aka The Cauldron) out the other day and made a few things, putting most of them on one side for projects at some other point.  One of the things I made was the Angel Wings you see on the card above.  I got the little box out where I’d stored them along with the other items I’d made and the moment I picked up the Angel Wings and held them in my hand …  I knew I should make another sympathy card, this time using them as the feature embellishment on the front.

I laid the wings onto my desk and looked at them for a minute or so.  They were lovely – but there was something missing.  Took me a moment to figure it out.  Wax.  They needed high-lighting in pearl wax so that the individual feathers came to life and caught the light.  It took just a minute to do – but they looked so lovely once I’d polished them to a shine.  (Nicer than in the photographs – but sadly I’m not a great photographer so please make allowances for me being rubbish with a camera!)

I went through my stamps to find the right one which would be suitable to use – and although I stamped out several of them (wasting card like it was going out of fashion) – none of them were right.  They were either the wrong sentiment, or they were the wrong type face for the words.  In the end I decided that I’d print my own words, using my computer and my printer.  That’s when the ‘fun’ began.

It took me  a very hot  one and a half frustrating  [insert appropriate swear wordhours just to get that sentiment from the computer to my card!  I had to work out where I needed to place the typed words on a word type document that I was looking at on the ‘puter screen – which would mean it would be in the right place when I put my card through the printer.

(Again – this resulted in more card being put into the ‘trim off the rubbish bits and put the rest into the ‘scraps’ draw’ pile.   Grrrr!)

Seriously – it was frustrating to the point that my sensible mind telling me to:   “just give up woman, you’re not going to get this right!” the problem was  →  I was determined that it wasn’t going to beat me.

Wings of Peace Courage and Love 2

Then suddenly all the planets aligned.  There was a Star to the East.  My Lottery Numbers came up and ….  well no, actually that didn’t happen  . . .   but it certainly felt like it did when the printer delivered the perfectly placed sentiment, with the right font,  right place and right colour.   Ta DAHHHH!   (Was that a choir of Angels I heard singing?  At this point I really wouldn’t have been surprised.)

I attached the wings to the card using a mix of two glues – one an ‘instant’ fix – which was the hot glue gun.  The other one a glue which needs time to dry, but dries clear and holds well.  Then it was time to deal with the inside.

I didn’t feel it needed me to add words to the inside of the card,  but instead leave it blank inside so that the sender could write a short, or long note of condolence depending upon how they themselves felt.

Instead I decided upon a single creamy white Angels feather, tied with a bow of satin ribbon, attached to the inside of the card.

Wings of Peace Courage and Love 3

And that was it.

It’s quite a simple card  (or would have been, was I not so technically challenged!)  and once I’d got the positioning right of the sentiment, it was easy to pull it all together.  However – I think it’s perfect in its unfussy, simplicity.  It conveys the right feeling, in the right way, but it doesn’t go over-board.  I think I got the balance just right on this one and I love the finished card.

Wings of Peace Courage and Love 4

I think I got the balance just right on this one.  I really love the finished card and hope you like it too.

Have a happy Sunday.  I hope the weather is kind to you and that peace rests in your heart and soul today, where ever you are. 

Have a truly blessed day, all. 

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For those who believe – no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation is possible.

For Those who Believe 10

A handmade card, but with a story behind the making of it.

Last weekend I had my  cauldron  Ranger Melt Pot out with the idea of making ‘something’ (I knew not what at that moment in time).  I didn’t have a plan.  I just knew I wanted to play with my Melt Pot.  Everything was on my desk, ready and waiting for me to conjure up something which I could make in my Ranger Melt Pot category here on my blog.  But what?  WHAT?

I sat back in my chair and had absolutely no ideas.  My mojo had gone out for drinks and not invited me.   :/

Ah well, I said to myself,  you’ve got the thing out now, so just mess around, and who knows, something might come from playing and making a mess.  I stamped out an image of some Angel Wings, embossed and then distressed them using denim ink and lavender ink.  Cut them out and then shaped them to given them some depth and ‘apparent’ movement.  I printed out some words onto some lightweight card – thinking that I’d put the wings in the Melt Pot and mount them  onto the card.  But .. I decided that I’d do it the other way round.  So I cut out the words into a big ’round’ –  using my EK circle cutter, – and then distressed around the edges of that circle with the same inks I’d used on the wings.

Turned on the melt pot and once my crystals had melted I began to move the large circle around in the molten liquid.  I advise CAUTION when using a melt pot – keep tools in each hand so that you’re not tempted to touch anything.   I use a pair of long-handled craft tweezers in one hand and a bamboo skewer in the other.  It doesn’t stop the urge to touch – but it makes you touch in a safe way, with the tools rather than your fingers.

Once I’d coated the front of the circle, I removed it from the liquid and just let it drip for a moment, then laid it flat to let it ‘set’ and go cold.  Unfortunately – the lightweight card was too lightweight and it curled all around the edges and curved in places.  It wasn’t what I wanted.  I cleaned up and left the coated surface on one side.

Then a couple of days ago I looked at it again and told myself to try using it and see what I’d come up with.  So here’s what I did:

For Those who Believe 1

Originally I chose a white 6×6″ card but changed my mind and used a 6×6 craft card instead; and some white feathers.  I placed the wings on the circle where I felt they looked best, but the circle still seemed like it was missing something.  So I chose a tiny glass bottle with a cork stopper, and put the tiniest of white feathers inside it, along with a teeny pinch of iridescent glitter, just to draw the eye to the feather, as I knew it would stick to the feather and the inside of the glass jar.  It looked really lovely – so I glued the jar to the disc, and fixed the wings in place.

I felt that the wings looked a little flat, so I used some Anita’s Gloss and carefully coated the wings then put everything to one side while I worked on the card.

For Those who Believe 2

Using brown and a shimmering gold (not mirror) card, I cut out circles so that I could mat and layer the wings/words/glass jar onto them.

For Those who Believe 3

I chose some blue ribbon in a shade which echoed the blues of the distressing around the edges of the wings and the disc, and using some permanent tape, I fixed the ribbon running it over the back and front of the card, exactly at the ‘half way’ mark.

For Those who Believe 4

I fixed the first layer of the cards onto the front of the card.

For Those who Believe 5

… then matted and layered the other discs in place, sometimes tucking a white Angel Feather into the layers.  Once the wings were dry and the glued bottle was fixed in place, I fixed some feathers onto the top layer then applied the disc topper which I’d made on top, adding just one smaller feather tucked under the outter edge of the wings.

For Those who Believe close up feather

Three close-ups of the teeny tiny white Angel Feather in the bottle.  It was really hard to capture the feather – so I chose the best three photos of a large bunch of rubbish ones that I took.

Of course – there HAD to be a surprise inside the card …  (you knew that, didn’t you! lol)

On the front page of the insert is a psalm from the bible, which speaks of Angels:  I stamped it onto some white paper, and distressed it a little, then fixed it to the craft paper insert

For Those who Believe 6

In case you can’t read it, it says:  He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee, To Keep Thee In All Thy Ways.  (Psalm 91:11).

Then on the inside, middle of the insert . . . .

For Those who Believe 7

. . .  a pair of white feathered Angel Wings, and a stamped image of a feather, drifting freely.

Once finished, I really like this lovely card – which began with a disenchantment with the way the topper turned out, but I’m really glad that I made it into a card.  It looks a little flat in the photo’s, but to the naked eye it has a depth and a wonderful warmth and gentleness about it.  And to be quite honest – if someone sent me this card I’d be chuffed to bits.  Seriously chuffed to bits!

I hope you like the card too.

So anyway  …  enough of me and my crafting.  What have you been making or doing?  Leave me a message with a link to your blog and I’ll come and take a look and leave you a message too.

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Wishing you a totally fabulous weekend.  May your Angels surround you and protect you from any harm.

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Angel Dust encased in glass, suspended from Angel Wings

Crafted by Cobwebs

Crafted by Cobwebs

All hand-made, in a particular mix of polymers which I like to use.  No moulds were used to make this pin/pendant.   All the feathers you see are all hand-made, no two are the same,  and each one applied individually by hand.  There is, however, one golden, metal feather nestled amongst all the other feathers.  Can you spot it?

Suspended beneath the Angel wings is a glass phial which holds a measured amount of Angel Dust.  The lid was applied and then sealed, never to be opened, so that the Angel Dust will be with you forever.   Finally, three more feathers were applied to the glass phial, each feather symbolizing Charity,  Hope  and  Faith.

I loved making this pin/pendant and now that it’s finished I love it even more.  Hope you like it too.

Thank you so much for coming to visit, and for taking the time to read.  While you’re here, please do have a look around.  There are many categories on my blog and you can find the links to those categories further up the column on the right hand side of this page.   →  →  →

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Angels come . . . bearing gifts of Pink Blancmange!

an Angel Comes . . .   bringing a wobbly jelly too! (Angel by Tilda;  Card by Cobwebs).

an Angel Comes . . . bringing a wobbly jelly too!
(Angel by Tilda; Card by Cobwebs)

Two cards today, all made from stash that I’ve had knocking around the craft room for A-G-E-S!  In fact, so long that I’m embarrassed about it.

Angels come . . .  bearing gifts of food! (Angel by Tilda;  Card by Cobwebs)

Angels come . . . bearing gifts of food!
(Angel by Tilda; Card by Cobwebs)

I originally got the Tilda Angels (on two different A4 sized printed cards which had a selection of Tilda images on them), in an end of season sale at Hobbycraft – and the sheets only cost me £1, so were a bargain right from the outset.

All of the cardstock behind the Angels was all taken out of my ‘scraps’ drawer.  Bits of left-over card stock from previous projects.  So both of the fully made up cards actually cost just a few pennies to make.

Tilda Card 2, close upThe pink dress Angel  is matt and layered firstly on some pink and white dotted card, which is layered onto of some deep purple mirror board, then onto some fabulous glitter card,  and finally,  everything is mounted onto to a pearlised, rich purple card.    With the addition of a little pink Rayon seam binding, and some self adhesive ‘diamonds’, just to add a little twinkle,  I think the card works really well.

The blue dress Angel ….

Tilda Card 1 close up

…  is again matt and layered,  firstly onto the same pink with white polka dots card as the Pink dress Angel, but then onto some pretty paper which is a soft white in colour and decorated with pink open hearts,  then to add a little definition (and pick upon the black of the whisk in her pocket), I backed all the layers with some black card, then mounted everything onto a pearlised off white card.  The addition of some more of the pink Rayon seam binding, and some Candy Dots, finished this little card off perfectly.

A final touch   …   a little something on the inside –  a sentiment and flower.

Both of the cards were totally made from crafty stash I’ve had for ages, and so cost me virtually nothing to make.

A THURSDAY CHALLENGE

Have a look around your crafty stash and see if you can make something(s) which will virtually cost you nothing because it’s (they’ve) been made from stash you already hadSomething that you haven’t been out and bought even a single thing for!

Go on … I challenge you!   😀

If you do the ‘challenge’ – come back, make a comment here to tell me that you’ve made something and PUT A LINK TO YOUR BLOG post about the ‘thing’  or to your photograph of the ‘creation’ –  then anyone who comes to read this post will see your comment and link and then visit your blog too!  (and maybe even leave a comment for you too!)

Have a great day, hopefully doing something you love.

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Roses, Lace and ‘Shabby Chic’ . . . a handmade, uplifting card.

A 'Shabby Chic' look to a warm, uplifting, loved filled card with a nod to spirituality.

A ‘Shabby Chic’ look to a warm, uplifting, loved filled card with a nod to spirituality.

Shabby Chic – anywhere –  can sometimes go too far or in the wrong direction and end up looking a miserable mess of things which don’t have any relation to each other – but this card, I feel, found the right place and it almost made itself.

I started purely with that bit of rambling rose backing paper which I had left over from a scrapbooking project.  I decided that I’d make a card with what was left over.  This pretty, uplifting, warm hug feeling card was the result.  I love this card and actually wish that someone else had made it and sent it to me.

 

For those who wish to read the details of how to make something like this, here’s the ‘recipe’:-

Ingredients  (I used):- 

  • Craft Card, cut to the right size, scored and corners rounded off.
  • Red/brown ink pad – but any colour you want would be fine
  • A little square of creamy white card
  • Sheena Douglass  “Your Wings Exist – Fly” unmounted stamp (from the ‘Divine Inspiration’ set)
  • A scrap of creamy coloured lace
  • A length of rayon seam binding – but any ribbon you choose to tone with your own card
  • Creamy white paper rose and paper rose leaves
  • One large(ish) pearl for the centre of the rose (and some glitter, to drawn attention to the pearl.)
  • A die cut frame (behind the rose, but you don’t necessarily need if you don’t have one)
  • Two flat back pearls for either side of the die cut frame

Method

In a large mixing bowl ...  oops,  wrong type of recipe.  Let’s start again  . . . .

1.  The first thing I did was to distress the edges of the paper by scraping down the edges with a scalpel to rough them up and make that lovely ‘furry’ edge which I love. 

2.  I then used a rosy pink ink pad and a cheap make up sponge to further distress the paper but this time by blending in some ink around the outside edges, as I wanted to ‘antique’ them a little, but not using the usual browny shades.  I wanted to really warm the card up and make it blush.

3.  Choose your cardstock:  Although I have tons of white cardstock, I felt that I wanted a more vintage feel so used Craft Card to make the card itself;  Cut it to size; scored it; rounded the corners and then gathered together some Rayon seam binding, a bit of left over lace, a rose and some leaves.

4.  I attached a bit of the lace to the bottom of the card.

5.  Rayon Seam Binding.  It was the right colour but I felt it lacked something – so decided upon using the word stamp saying  ‘Strength’ from the same Divine Inspiration.  Using a reddy brown ink pad, I stamped the word onto the rayon seam binding, and then fixed the ribbon to the backing paper.

6.  I then stitched the background paper (with the attached lace and ribbon)  to the card, using my cheap little £12.99 sewing machine which I think is meant as a childs introduction to sewing machines – which I bought a few years ago specifically for sewing paper and card stock (didn’t want to use my big sewing machine as I a) didn’t want to have to drag it out every five minutes to sew a card, and b) didn’t want to mess up the mechanism of my big machine with paper and card ‘fluff’).  It’s the same as –> this one <– from Hobbycraft – but I bought mine from Aldi (one of their Thursday special offers) about three or four years ago so was cheaper.  Works brilliantly for sewing on cards.

7.  I stamped the Sheena Douglass words stamp saying  “Your Wings Exist, FLY” onto a square of creamy white card and then ‘aged’ the card by using the same reddy brown ink pad that I’d used on the roses backing paper.  using the sewing machine again, I fixed the sentiment to the card front.

8.  Distressed and then, using foam dimensional tape, I mounted the die cut frame to the centre of the card, and added the flat back pearls to each side.

9.  Using the hot glue gun, I fixed the rose into the centre of the frame, and once dry, I added the rose leaves, which I tucked under the lowest petals of the rose.

10.  The PVA came into use next, and I used it to add a large brown pearl to the centre of the rose, then sprinkled a tiny pinch of brown glitter into the glue where it had risen up the sides of the pearl – so that it helped to drawn attention to the pearl.

11.  Finally, I used a glue pen and added a few curves of glue here and there and added a tiny pinch of glitter to the glue, just to make the card catch the light and sparkle.  Added an insert, cord tassel and ‘signed’ the back.

It was a really easy, quick card to make.  Tapping out the steps to making it to share with anyone else who wants to make one the same as or similar to it, makes it look complicated.  But take another look at the photo, and you’ll see that it really wasn’t difficult at all.

I really like this card.

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Have a truly lovely rest of your day!

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Once Upon a Time Sunday.

The 'Make a Wish' Faerie Dress card handmade by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium

The ‘Make a Wish’ Faerie Dress card
handmade by
Cobwebs @
The Cobweborium Emporium

‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’ is a very special day in the Faerie calendar, for it is a day when all the young-lady faeries come out at sunset for a late evening picnic with her parents and friends, ~  and when all the young gentlemen faeries make themselves useful by showing how attentive they can be by being very helpful and waiting to fulfill the lady Faeries every wish.  Some will be waiters who serve up the very finest nectar.  Others will bring food offerings to fairy toadstool tables,  which are meant to impress the young lady faeries and hopefully make them flutter their wings at them – a sure sign that the lady likes what she is being fed and likes the young male faerie who is serving it to her.

Naturally all the girl faeries want to dress up in their very best and finest faerie gowns.  Some will even go shopping especially for outfits which will draw attention to them.   The Make a Wish’ Faerie dress is exactly one of those dresses.

The Make a Wish Faery Dress for 'Once Upon a Time Sunday'

The Make a Wish Faery Dress
for
‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’

You cannot fail to notice: 

  • The Bodice  of shimmering Cabric, – (a magical, mirrored type textile known only to the Land of Fae)  all sewn  and embroidered with the rarest golden thread.
  • The braided shoulder straps –  there not to hold up the dress, but more to draw attention to a flirtatious shoulder.
  • The delicate,  almost gauze-like,  gossamer skirt, made from the finest spider silk,  (spun by spiderlings known for their ballooning skills) .  Only the most sparkling golden of these delicate strands are collected by Faery Weavers and made into a breathtaking faerie fabric so light that you and I can only feel it gently tickle our skin as we walk unknowingly into the silk strands and feel it catch upon our faces and bodies.

Last but certainly not least are the incredible ‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’ Faerie Wings.  Although they ‘look’  like they’re butterfly wings, they actually aren’t.    The wings are made from  . . .  bird feathers!    The feathers are collected by the  Flights of Fantasy Faeries  who dye, cut, colour, adorn,  and bring to life the feathers in such a way that you cannot fail to be mesmerised by them.  Enchanting, aren’t they!

  • As the Flights of Fantasy Faeries say:   “Feathers aren’t just for birds to wear!”
'Make a Wish Faery Dress' as worn on  'Once Upon a Time Sunday' in the Land of the Fae.

‘Make a Wish Faery Dress’
as worn on
‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’
in the Land of the Fae.

Welcome to the ‘Make a Wish’ Faery Dress handmade card.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into the world of  ‘Once Upon a Time Sunday’.

Have a blessed day all  ~  

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From the Cauldron came Angel Wings of White

The Ranger Melt Pot about to go into action! (with a little help from Cobwebs!)

The Ranger Melt Pot
about to go into action!
(with a little help from Cobwebs!)

The Cauldron (aka ‘The Ranger Melt Pot’) came out to play because I had an idea for a handmade card, but wanted a pair of Angel Wings to go onto the card as an embellishment.  I’d got feathered wings, but I felt that they’d give the wrong feeling to the card, so I scouted round to find something different .. that’s when I remembered that I had a pair of silicon moulds of  Angel Wings.  I dug them out and checked them over for any damage (I hadn’t used the moulds in … ohh … I can’t even remember the last time I’d used them!),  and then got out the equipment to make the wings.  Heat mats  (biscuit coloured one and the black one you see in the photo),  Cauldron,  spatula to stir,  mica powders,  and Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals – in clear and white.  Then I set to work.

I always put more than I think I’ll need of the crystals into my melt pot as I’d hate to find that I run out of liquid before I’d filled my moulds,  so I also put on my desk a couple of other silicon moulds so that any left over liquid could be made into other adornments for other cards some other time.

Crystals were popped into my Cauldron and within minutes I was ready to pour out the magic mix.  (After I’d said a magic spell, waved my wand and flew my broom around my craft room three times with my cat perched neatly on the end, naturally).

Melt Pot Wings 2

The Silicon moulds I used for the wings were bought from America but I’m pretty sure you’d be able to now buy something like them here in the UK.  They’re roughly 3 inches in length so ideal for a card adornment.  I brushed the tiniest amount of mica powder into the silicon mould before I poured the liquid, so that the feathers on the wings would be highlighted with the faintest of colour.  (You can just about see the Mica powder in the photograph above).

At this point I get so excited about the stuff I’ve just poured that I totally forgot to take a photograph of the moulds in use – so you’ll have to imagine what those moulds look like filled up with  magic potion   I mean: Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals in their molten state.

It takes literally just a few minutes for the liquid to set – but beware it does stay a little hot/very warm for a few minutes longer, so be careful.  And this (below) is what the Angle Wings look like when I popped them from their moulds . . . .

Melt Pot Wings 3

You can see where the feathers picked up the Mica powder which I’d brushed into the empty mould before I poured in the molten liquid UTEE.  Pretty isn’t it.  You can see from this picture that you really don’t need to use very much Mica Powder at all.  If you compare the photograph of the empty moulds before I poured the UTEE into them, and then see how the set UTEE has picked up that Mica Powder really well.

I was right to get another mould or two out as I did have some extra liquid left over, so I made some flowers with the left over UTEE . . .

Melt Pot Wings and flowers

I’ll lightly colour up the flowers and centres with a little wax to highlight and pick out the details.  – my favourite wax is Metallic Gilding Wax from Creative Expressions – shown in the photograph above.

BUT … if you do make something with your own Melt Pot, and you have left over molten UTEE then you can simply pour it out onto your heat-resistant mat and let it set for a few minutes (and go cold), and you’ll then be able to pop that blob of set UTEE into a bag and save it till you want to make something in that colour next time.  You see … you never waste anything with the Melt Pot.  You just re-melt anything you’re not happy with or that you have left over, and make something lovely and new next time you’re playing!

Thanks for visiting, and for reading.

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